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Free sailing with Push The Boat Out

Written by Fiona

May 09 2017

Push the Boat Out

The annual Push The Boat Out series of free taster sailing and windsurfing sessions takes place from May 13 to 21, 2017. This year, 42 clubs and training centres will take part, which represents a rise of 12 locations.

You can see the geographical spread of locations on this map.

This is your chance to try boating or another water-based activity for the first time.

There are events taking place from Pentland Firth Yacht Club in Scrabster to Loch Ryan Sailing Club in Stranraer and from Skye Sailing Club in the far west to Rosehearty Boat Club in the east.

The central belt offers lots of choice with taster sessions on the beach in Largo Bay in the Firth of Forth to Prestwick on the Clyde. Scotland’s lochs also play host for many of the events which are sometimes hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Sailing at Rosehearty on the Moray Firth.

Joe Swierczek, of Cumbernauld Sailing Club, is typical of the many enthusiastic contributors to Push the Boat Out. His club is opening the clubhouse and taking people afloat over both weekends of Push The Boat Out. He said: “Our loch is a beautiful secret sailing location very close to Cumbernauld overlooking the Campsie Fells and we want to share that secret and magic of sailing and windsurfing with the local communities.”

Try watersports at Stranraer.

Each event is different but there is something for everyone, from families and children to young professionals, couples and retirees and anyone else who wants to give sailing a go.

Alistair Dickson, RYA Director of Sport Development, said: “Sailing is such an accessible sport and many people aren’t aware of the opportunities available close to them or how affordable the sport can be.

“Push the Boat Out is all about making that connection. With many of the events free and the rest under £10 they make a fantastic day out.”

 

For full details see Push the Boat Out.

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